In class I head that Vaslav Nijinsky was institutionalized, and I thought it was interesting to research someone in the ballet field that was seen as “insane”. Nijinsky was a Russian dancer and choreographer, seen as the “greatest dancer of the early 20th century”, as he was able to dance en pointe, very rare for male dancers, and performed amazing leaps. He is most noted for performing in ballets such as Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, and Cleopatra. He went on to choreograph futuristic ballets that audiences were not used to, which caused many people to reject this new style. In “The Afternoon of a Faun”, Nijinsky, the leading role, mimed masturbation with a nymph, which caused a scandal in the ballet world. His more unconventional style lead to a strained relationship between Nijinsky and Sergei Diaghilev, founder of Ballets Russes, and eventually crumbled when Nijinsky married Romola de Pulszky, another dancer in the same company. He was dismissed; unable to find work elsewhere he tried to create ballet companies, but could not keep up with the stress and the fact that he could not dance as much as he used to. He became mentally unstable, diagnosed with schizophrenia, and spent the rest of his days in asylums and clinics. His legacy still lives on today and he is credited with being one of the most important ballet dancers of all time.